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Destroy Twitter Is Fun

Destroy Twitter: A Twitter Client

Customize Destroy Twitter By Building Your Own Theme – *UPDATED; June 23 2009*

How To Fix Change Notification Sound On DestroyTwitter – *UPDATED; September 4  2009*

Not like in WHEEE!!! fun, but fun enough for daily use. And it won’t give you butt cancer- I think?!  At least not in the state of New York.

Destroy Twitter is another Twitter application you can use outside your web browser. Think TweetDeck’s bad-ass cousin. The one where the whole family whispers about during cocktails and BBQ’s, but later asks him if he brought any joints with him. Oh, and with a few strange quirks.

Before installing, know that it uses Adobe Air so it could eat up a lot of RAM or make some computers slow down. Know your computer specs before proceeding to install.

Now if you already read my TweetDeck tutorial, then installing Destroy Twitter should be a snap. Remember you cannot install it without running Adobe Air first since they are symbiotic of each other.

Here’s what Destroy Twitter looks like:

Yessir, clean and simple!

Extend The Destroy Twitter Canvas

Now you can take that window and pull it down, or check the option under Preferences (Workspace>Wider Workspace) like so:

Add customized user Groups to Destroy Twitter just like TD!

Are we getting dizzy yet?

Post Pictures Directly Onto DT

What about picture posting?

Most people post a link to where ever the picture is online. But in Destroy Twitter, you can actually view it on the canvas itself!

One of my fellow tweeters posted a link to a pic and as you can see below, I’ve posted in 3 images what happens when you click on a pic link in DT: Click>buffering (43kb)>on screen

Of course, I decided to post one myself. The awesomeable thang about DT is that it gives you a wide set of options to choose from. For example, which service to use to post pics:

As you can plainly see above, one has the choice of using TweetPhoto, Twitgoo, TwitPic, blah blah blah…you get the idea.

I used TweetPhoto in this instance, both out of curiosity and by default. Here’s what I came up with:

You’ll notice my tweet is highlited. I’ve set the Preferences to automatically open any pics in a new window, or in the case of Firefox in a new tab.

So if you know how to use TweetDeck, you’ll know how to use DestroyTwitter.

Differences: Here we go!

  • Ok, instead of Favorite-ing tweets, you Save the tweets.
  • You can also adjust how many tweets show up on your ‘Canvas’ (basically the Home tab).
  • You can tell it where to position your Notification balloons which is very useful; I don’t like that they normally cover the time on bottom corner. I need to see the time cuz I get lost in cyberspace and may never come out on this side of reality again, but ok, I’m rambling
  • On it’s upper right hand corner (underneath the Saved tab) it’ll display a red Fail Whale in case there’s an error in refreshing. As far as I know this is the only Twitter app that does this (see below)
Fail whale notification on Destroy Twitter

Fail whale notification on Destroy Twitter

June 23, 2009 update:

Customize Destroy Twitter By Building Your Own Theme

Oh and, guess what? Destroy Twitter has a nifty feature called a Theme Builder! You log in with your Twitter name at their site, and you can start color customization of your DT app.! Watch:

Destroy Twitters Theme Builder

Destroy Twitter's Theme Builder

I came up with some themes of my own of course. Under my other pseudonym, Strongvillage:

Strongvillage designed DT Theme, Grownup Girlie

Strongvillage designed DT Theme, Grownup Girlie

And I’m not the only one who created some themes! Lots to choose from. Check out other people’s themes and download to your DT:

BTW, DT is the only Twitter app that I know that can offer the following two things.

1) The RESTORE feature! Which allows you to bring back up on screen that last tweet you were working on, so if you accidentally didn’t post it, no prob! Just click Restore and Submit! See below.

Restore feature on Destroy Twitter

Restore feature on Destroy Twitter

2) Seeing on screen your @ replies but also seeing which of your tweets it was in reply to. GENIOUS FEATURE! So for instance,

Thta little symbol that looks like this >>. If you click on it you can see what you said that they replied to. So let’s see the one that says “You ARE Important…to Me!” . I’m gonna go ahead and click on that tweet’s >>  arrows:

See an @ reply with its corresponding tweet

See an @ reply with it's corresponding tweet

So when you get a thousand Replies after a few days and have no clue what they’re replying to, surprise! Now you do! Thank you, Dialogue Box!

DT’s got a whole buncha shit you gotta try out. My only complaint is that since it’s in the Beta testing phase, that it has some minor bugs. For me, it’s that the notification sound won’t ring out loud. Minor worries for now…

September 4, 2009 update:

How To Fix Customize Notification Sound On DestroyTwitter

Regarding the sound notification issue…

Here is the Mac tutorial for how to fix the notification sound on DestroyTwitter.

Below is my PC tutorial for how to fix the notification sound on DestroyTwitter.

Behold my awesomeness!

  1. Before starting, make sure to go into DT >Preferences >Notifications >and the Disable Notifications feature should NOT be checked.
  2. Neither is Mute notification sound, right below it. Both should remain unchecked
  3. Look up. Right below Notifications, (we’re still under Preferences, btw) make sure to click on Home Replies Messages Groups Search. You only need to click down on the ones you want to hear notification sounds for.
  4. Go to C:\Program Files\DestroyTwitter\assets (for inexperienced users, bring up the Start menu>Run> then type that green address into the search bar; no spaces in between!)
  5. Ok, see the file called notification.mp3 there? Just swap that with some other .mp3 file
  6. Whatever .mp3 file you swap it with MUST BE RENAMED NOTIFICATION.MP3 or else this won’t work!!!
  7. Make sure to use SHORT SOUNDS and not songs. Think like a Ding! sound.
  8. Don’t use songs. Songs are too long. Imagine the entire 3:53 song (that’s 3 minutes and 53 seconds long) playing each and every time someone tweets! Annoying!
  9. You can go to any website offering free soundbytes, which is what I did. If you’re a lazy bones, just use any preloaded Windows sounds from your Sample Music folder located in your My Music folder

It’s important to note that you must not confuse the Destroy Twitter/assets program folder with the Destroy Today folder, which contains each of your DT profiles’ customizations. You know, things like Group lists and stuff.  So for instance, I have 3 Twitter profiles and that’s where each of the 3 profile folders for DT is saved to.

Anyhoo, I’m sticking with this one until there’s something better. Try it out and tell me what you think. It’s always nice to get someone else’s take on things.


Thwirl Is Awesome

I know you guys eagerly anticipate my Page 1 Ranking  post, but, I need to track & weigh out the results over a month period so it’ll have to wait.

For now, I want to talk about Twhirl.

Twhirl is another application that makes Twitter run outside of your web browser. Similar to Tweetdeck.

But unlike the current version of Tweetdeck, I found Twhirl doesn’t have the same issues with crashing, sucking up way too much memory, overusing API, and running two instances of the same program after you shut it down then having to delete it altogether from Task Manager.

Tweetdeck’s strength lies in it’s best feature: It opens up various columns at once and allows you to label each column with your choice of select followers. It allows you to add or subtract people from those columns and you can see all of them simultaneously.

This is useful for those with thousands of followers. For me, I’m like, eh. I have about 80 so far so I can deal.

Twhirl doesn’t allow you to add more columns or group followers but it let’s you do much everything else Tweetdeck does, without it’s known buggy issues. One thing it allows you that Tweetdeck doesn’t is customization of color themes, which is a-ok for someone like me. (I like color!)

Just like Tweetdeck, you do need Adobe AIR to run this nifty app. So click the link to download it. And for those of you who already have it installed, let’s move on, shall we?

Go to the Twhirl page and download.

And this window will pop up:

Twhirl download

Twhirl download

And you click the Install button of course. Then the window changes to look like this:

Save Twhirl file

Save Twhirl file

You can hit Open or Save. I always save it to any  trusted folder in my computer. Clicking Open takes you to the next menu (if you saved, find the file and open it to take you to next menu)

Then the window changes and looks like this:

Twhirl install on computer

Twhirl install on computer

And clicking on Continue will finally lead to the opening of the Twhirl application.

When you get this open on your screen:

Twhirl menu

Twhirl menu

So you see where on that menu above it says Twitter? That’s because Twhirl is made to work with more applications than just Twitter. But I want to use it for Twitter so I selected it, then I typed my Username to the right of it as you can see above…

Now, after you selected Twitter and typed your Username, it’s gonna look a little something like this:

Twhirl connect

Twhirl connect

And just hit connect!

And it will ask for your password:

Twhirl password

Twhirl password

So type it in and now you can begin!

Twhirl running on computer

So you see, it also has the same tiny window pop-ups whenever someone comments. Tweetdeck tells you who commented, Twhirl takes it a step further and shows who and what the comment was. As you can clearly see above.

And you can stretch Twhirl out as big and wide as you want. Here’s how it looks splashed on my laptop’s screen:

Twhirl stretched out on screen

Twhirl stretched out on screen

So there it is! You can go into it’s settings (click the little wrench icon on it’s top right corner) and adjust the color scheme and everything else. One thing I will warn you about: Don’t mess with the API setting. Leave it alone. It’s not entirely understood all it can do, but I’ve realized that if you turn it all the way up you get more tweets faster, but it also locks you out quickly. As I can see, there’s no Defaults option to revert to in an emergency, but the preset API limit is set to 70 req/hour.


TweetDeck Is Awesome

*Update; 3.24.2009

I must write quickly before my internet signal fades…again…

Before I get to the magnificence of TweetDeck, I must let everybody know. I haven’t been able to post in several days because Neighbor A switched to a diff. wireless provider, one that is a secure line. So I can’t piggy-back on it like I used to.

So now I use Neighbor B, whose signal fades in and out. So sometimes I can get as far as seeing the front page of Google, sometimes not even the Google graphic displays. Sometimes I can log into my Twitter account, sometimes not. Most times, I cannot get into my blog and yet, today the connectivity ran smooth like butter. Go figure.

Biggest nuisance is when I make a blog post with many images. Images R fun! A weak internet connection means problems uploading images. It’s truly a pain when a post takes several hours to complete. 😦

I am sadly reconsidering DSL service again, simply because anything internet services where I live costs $60.00 USD or more. Sucks balls. No, no dial-up for me; it’s useless for those of us who spend 12 or more hrs online; no joke. Now I’m praying to God almighty in heaven that Clearwire finally makes it’s way up north where it would make a killing in this area!
But I digress…
For I am about to unleash today the texty goodness of the TweetDeck  Twitter application for all you Twitter users, and why you should never go without it!
First off, if you’re not familiar with Twitter, then this post is perfectly useless. Get a Twitter account, try it out for awhile, then return to this post. We’ll see you in a bit…!

TweetDeck is such a useful tool for anyone of us immersed in Twitterverse. If you already know what a regular Twitter page looks like- wait, lemme back up a sec. For useful comparison, here is a snapshot of my Twitter page:

Ok, so there, you see? Home page, with right sidebar containing everything you see.

One of Twitter’s credits is it’s simple interface. Which is great, but there’s very little control with every tweet you post. You can only Reply to, or Erase a tweet. You can mark a tweet as Favorite, and send a Direct Message to a fellow tweeter.

In TweetDeck, you can do that and more. Advantages include the following:

  • ReTweet someone’s tweet
  • mark a tweet as Seen (just as you mark emails received as Read/ useful for too many tweets coming in)
  • view a tweeter’s profile from their actual tweet instead of clicking away from the main page (you get redirected to their Twitter profile)
  • Filter and Clear any tweets
  • Opens up in it’s own window outside your web browser so you can surf the net comfortably and use it simultaneously instead of alternatively
  • create Groups of your followers/ who you follow- and list them in customized columns
  • shift any columns around to your liking
  • you can actually shorten a tweet to meet the 140 character requirement
  • Shortens any URL addresses you post

That last one is especially important since I was using TwitPwr to do just that, although it’s unique advantage is that it posts whatever URL you shortened on their front page. (get’s you some traffic to your Twitter profile and not sure TweetDeck can do that yet)

But another issue I have with regular Twitter interface is that, in order to view Favorites, Followers, OK-basically everything in the sidebar- is that it redirects you away from the main page. And that’s where all the action is! It’s where everyone who has followed you or you followed them, posts their tweets. So I have to click forward to another page, or click backwards. Or, open these up in different tabs in my Firefox browser (slows down computer) or, in different windows in any other browser. Not fun. Not practical.

In TweetDeck, you can see all the action in front of you, and you can see Favorites and Followers and all the Twiter sidebar goodness right in front of you! In fact, you can set it up to show up as side-by-side columns, which is does by default. Don’t like that? You can customize what shows up in those columns. Beautiful!

Twitter tweets are posted in real time. However, you have to constantly refresh the page to see new tweets and you don’t know where the cut-off mark is from the last one you saw to how far back that is. And everyone in Twitterverse tweets pretty often and pretty fast!

TP has columns that scroll up & down. You can see for yourself how far up & down to go. Most important, new tweets show up by themselves in real time. BONUS: new tweets sound a little chime to alert you, AND, a tiny black window in red letters appears at the corner of your screen to alert you of newest tweets. This window will show up over any application you have running on your screen. How useful is that!

Here it is as it appears on the upper right corner over my browser.

Why would I need to know all that?

Because some of the folks I follow post tweets with links to their latest blog posts, of which are extremely helpful. Before TweetDeck, I had to keep going back several pages on Twitter and those pages load up slowly. Ironic, being such a simple GUI. Thanks to TD, we’ll have no more missed tweets of blog posts!

I installed it this morning and have been using it all day, so I’ve only listed here what I already learned. Well, I’m talking too much. Lemme show you what it looks like in full mode splashed across my 15″ screen:

Of course, click on image to enlarge; duh.

And just what does it look like in standalone mode on my screen alongside my web browser?

Here, I reduced my TD window to only one column width. Like I said, I have a laptop with only a 15″ screen but if you look around on YouTube for TD tutorials, those people have huge 30″ screens and such and it’s there that you can see TD at it’s best.

Ok, so you likey? Then read on to find where you download this nifty application we call TweetDeck…
When you get there, this is what it will look like:

Just as it states on TD’s page, TD is an Adobe AIR application. That means it’s made to run with the Adobe AIR application.

So! Install Adobe AIR first, then install TweetDeck second. TD will not run at all without Adobe AIR installed first.

I had trouble downloading AIR from the TD page (my computer said it was a corrupted file) so I got it straight from the Adobe page. Which is just as well since they have all the latest versions. Love Adobe products BTW! You can get TD from their page no problem, although I clicked on the link and not on the picture of the blackbird. (that didn’t work for me for some reason)

As far as I know, TD is not associated with Twitter itself. You don’t even need to open Twitter to use it because you can log into your Twitter account directly from TD. You are however, required to have a Twitter account first, and to have your internet turned on.

And in short, I highly recommend this application to anybody who heavily uses Twitter, is a complete and utter Twitterholic, or has zillions of followers/ followees. Anyhoo! Enjoy TweetDeck and see you in Twitterverse!

*Update: After using this TweetDeck Beta, I learned about their API usage (it’s in settings) that draws from Twitter’s limited API usage. You can easily go over your max. alotted Twitter API by doing the following: Refreshing; Retweeting; opening profiles within TweetDeck. This version also was known to have bugs so many folks were complaining about it constantly crashing but that seems to have been fixed now. Enjoy TD!